If Alli had to describe this episode — not to mention the associated book! — in one word, that word would be COZY. On Episode 161, she and her guest take a long walk down memory lane for a discussion about Maud Hart Lovelace’s beloved Betsy-Tacy. They talk about the series’ massive fandom, how the books came to be, and why they endure for so many generations of women. They also discuss the experience of reading a book featuring such young protagonists, consider how the author handled heavy emotional moments, and get sentimental about everything from paper dolls and birthday parties to dress-up and the first day of school.
Laura Hankin is the author of A Special Place for Women and Happy and You Know It. Follow her on Instagram (@laurahankin) and Twitter (@LauraHankin).